Coláiste Feirste

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Coláiste Feirste
7 Beechview Park

BT12 7PX

Northern Ireland
School typeIrish-medium
MottoIs Gael Mise
(I am a Gael)
School boardEducation Authority(Belfast)
PrincipalGaraí Mac Roibéard
Teaching staffcirca 53
Enrolmentcirca 650 [1]
Hours in school day6 hours ten minutes (normal school day)
Feeder schoolsIrish-medium schools

Coláiste Feirste is the only secondary-level Irish-medium school in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Previously known as Méanscoil Feirste, the gaelscoil is located in the west of the city in a new facility on Belfast's Falls Road. Founded in 1991 with just nine pupils, today the school has more than 900 pupils and circa 50 teachers.[2]

The school was first situated in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich and was opened under the care of the first school principal Fergus O'Hare who was replaced in 2002 by Garaí Mac Roibéard as principal.[3] He was then replaced by Micheal Mac Giolla Ghunna until 2015 when Garaí Mac Roibéard replaced him to become the current principal. The school's uniform consists of a distinctive green blazer, jumper, and black trousers or green skirt. The school is now situated in Beechmount.

History of School Building[edit]

Beechmount was the former family home of the Riddel family.[4]

Notable Former Pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Prospectus". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ Headteacher’s Welcome Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 16 August 2009
  3. ^ "Prospectus". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  4. ^ McClelland, Gillian (2005) Pioneering Women: Riddel Hall and Queen's University Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast

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Coordinates: 54°35′30″N 5°58′19″W / 54.59167°N 5.97194°W / 54.59167; -5.97194